Friday, 20 January 2017

Integrating Into the Void

The Madness of the Gentiles

When the Gospel first went to Gentiles, all barriers and impediments of a ceremonial religious nature were removed.  But this removal of barriers did not extend to the moral laws of God, reflecting His eternal holy Being. 

Consequently, the New Testament testimony about the Gentiles was that their abiding character was corrupt; in order to enter the Kingdom of God and be reconciled to God, they had to repent of their egregious sinfulness.  Thus, in Ephesians 4: 17-18, Paul writes:
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
And the Apostle Peter adds:
. . .  so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you  [I Peter 4: 2-4]
No clearer illustration of the lawlessness and hardness of heart of the Gentiles can be given than the following report.
 What it reports, and the celebration of the debauch, give apt testimony to the truthfulness of the Scriptures:
A former Asda worker will be the first British man to become pregnant and will complete his gender transition after giving birth.  Hayden Cross, from Gloucester, had already undergone the preliminary stages to officially becoming a male, but has delayed the completion until giving birth.  The 20-year-old is four months pregnant after finding a sperm donor on Facebook, which prompted him to put the procedure on hold.
He told the Sun on Sunday: "I am worried about how I will look and what people will think and say about me.  "There are a lot of small-minded people out there."  He added that he will ensure he stays single during the child's formative years in order to keep matters as simple as possible.
It is a true testimony: "they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life and God . . . due to their hardness of heart."

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